Lifestyle and home remedies

The following measures may help you avoid a cluster attack during a cluster cycle:

  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Cluster periods can begin when there are changes in your normal sleep schedule. During a cluster period, follow your usual sleep routine.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol consumption, including beer and wine, can quickly trigger a headache during a cluster period.

Coping and support

Living with cluster headache can be frightening and difficult. The attacks can seem unbearable and make you feel anxious and depressed. Ultimately, they can affect your relationships, your work and the quality of your life.

Talking to a counselor or therapist might help you cope with the effects of cluster headaches. Or joining a headache support group can connect you with others with similar experiences and provide information. Your doctor might be able to recommend a therapist or a support group in your area.

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